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Animal Health Technology Diploma


Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Campuses
    Kamloops

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  • Length
    Two Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $6500 per year
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1500 - $2000 per year
  • Credential Granted
    Diploma
  • Learning Method Options
    Face-to-Face

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

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Application Deadline Advice

Application for admission must be submitted by: February 15

This program may continue to accept applications as space permits. Please contact admissions@tru.ca for specific program application extensions.
Note: completed applications which are received before the application deadline may be considered for early review.

The supporting document deadline, including high school and post-secondary transcripts, is the same date as the application deadline or within 10 days of submission of the application or whichever is later.

Application Fee: $29.83

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

1. High school graduation or equivalent

2. English

One of:

  • English 12 (C+)
  • English 12 First Peoples (C+)
  • Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test (level 3)

3. Math

One of:

  • Foundations of Math 11 (C+)
  • equivalent course

4. Chemistry 11 or equivalent (C+)

5. Life Sciences or equivalent (C+)

6. One of:*

  • Anatomy & Physiology 12 (+)
  • Biology 12 (C+)
  • Chemistry 12 (C+)
  • Physics 12 (C+)
  • equivalent (C+)
*Anatomy & Physiology is recommended.

 

Non-Academic

  • Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status
  • submit evidence of orientation to a veterinary practice (signature of veterinarian required). It is recommended that you complete two weeks (80 hours) working or volunteering in a veterinary clinic
  • questionnaire
  • reference letter from each of the following three areas: (1) current veterinary orientation site, (2) other animal related experience site, (3) any non-veterinary work or volunteer experience
  • program orientation session and admission interview (on invitation from the Animal Health Technology [AHT] Department)
  • computing experience is recommended
  • successful medical (after acceptance)

Admission Advice

1. You should have an interest in working with and caring for animals. This includes such areas as farms, SPCA, wildlife refuges, or any other animal oriented facility.

2. Admission to the AHT program is very competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission or an invitation to the program orientation session. The AHT program uses a selective enrollment process. Admission to the program is based on the following criteria:

  • Academic history
  • Exposure to veterinary practice either as a volunteer or as a paid employee (include reference form)
  • Other animal related experience such as on a farm, in an SPCA shelter, at a wildlife refuge, in research, etc. (include reference form)
  • Other non-veterinary related work or volunteer experience (include reference form)
  • Results of math test

3. A minimum of 80 hours of practical experience in a veterinary facility is considered essential for admission to the AHT program. Consultation with a practicing animal health technologist is also strongly advised. Successful applicants may be required to spend additional time at a veterinary facility before starting classes.


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy TRU's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

Summary

For students whose first language is not English and wish to enter academic programs without attending ESL courses, you must provide one of the following (minimum scores):

  • TOEFL iBT score of 88 overall, with no section below 20
  • TOEFL paper-based 570 overall, with a 4.5 on the test of written English
  • IELTS score of 6.5, with no bands below 6.0
  • MELAB score of 81
  • CanTEST score of 4.5 with no component below 4.0
  • CAEL score of 70, with no subset below 60

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General Admission Requirements (All Students)

English Language Skills - You must have adequate English language skills to participate in your intended program of study.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You must meet the program-specific admission requirements of your intended program. To qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Business/Arts/Science degree program, you will need to have completed BC Grade 12 (or equivalent).

 

Out-of-Province

You must meet the program-specific admission requirements of your intended program. To qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Business/Arts/Science degree program, you will need to have completed BC Grade 12 (or equivalent).

 

BC Transfer Student

If you have previous education or training, you may be eligible for credit toward your TRU program. For details on Transfer Credit, please check here.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you have previous education or training, you may be eligible for credit toward your TRU program. For details on Transfer Credit, please check here.

Mature Student

If you do not meet the admission requirements for your intended program it's possible to gain entry through mature student status. To be classified as a mature student you must be at least 19 years old and have been out of school for at least two years. In such cases the grade level requirement (eg -Grade 10, Grade 12) will be waived however individual course prerequisites must still be met (eg-English 10, English 12).

Special Note: It's possible to make up course prerequisites for your intended program through TRU.

 

International Student

For details on International Student Admission, please check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

TRU may establish categories for Special Admission where it is considered that previous training and/or work experience is adequate to provide a potential for success in the program. Contact a TRU academic advisor for more details.

How to Apply

For details on How to Apply, please check here.

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